WINNIPEG, Man. – Despite taking the loss, German goaltender Niklas Deske was the story at the MTSIceplexon Friday afternoon, making 45 saves in a 5-3 loss to Quebec that all but extinguished Germany’ssemifinal hopes.
Quebec took the lead late in the first period thanks to a power play goal off the stick ofRaphaelLafontaine, but the Germans pulled even just 54 seconds later with a man advantage goal of their ownby JohnKoslowski.
Michael Matheson snapped a shot past Deske to restore the Quebec lead at 4:22, but once again theGermansresponded, with Patrick Klöpper’s goal at 6:37 making it a 2-2 game.
Late in the period, after the Germans had a number of chances to take their first lead of the game,Quebecwent ahead for good, as a highlight reel goal from William Carrier gave the Canadians a lead aftertwoperiods, one they would not relinquish.
Quebec came out with offensive guns blazing in the third period, getting seven shots in the first90seconds alone, and 23 overall in the period.
Deske single-handedly kept the Germans alive in the third period, keeping it a one-goal game afterLucaCiampini and Markus Eberhardt traded goals in the first seven minutes of the frame. It wasn’t untilCharlesSimard-Hudon made it a two-goal game at 13:18 that Quebec’s third win in as many days was assured.
Quebec can clinch a semifinal spot with a Finland win over Atlantic on Friday night in PortagelaPrairie.
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